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20 December 2019 – Initiative Of Trans With A Mission-Uganda (ITWAM) Founded, Uganda

The Initiative of Trans with a Mission-Uganda (ITWAM) was founded by Gafidyn Rae Wesonga and a few other members of the trans community on 20 December 2019 (names withheld for safety reasons). They’re a rural, indigenous, non-hierarchical, trans-feminist, youth-led community-based organization. ITWAM’s primary focus areas include: ITWAM works towards advancing equity, equality, and the quality …

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2018 – Groupe d’action féministe Maroc (GAFM), Founded – Morocco

Groupe d’action féministe Moroc (GAFM) was founded in 2018, aspiring to work to eliminate gender expression-based violence through an intersectional and feminist self-defence method. The group is led by trans, non-binary people and is community-specific. GAFM aims to promote feminist self-defence as a means of emancipation through sharing information, establishing contact, creating actions and exchanging …

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April 2016 – Synergy Trans Benin Founded, Benin

April 2016 – Synergy Trans* Benin was established as the first national organisation in Benin, intervening for the rights and development of trans people in the country. They are campaigning to increase the visibility of the needs and realities experienced in Black communities of French-Africa ( – Francophone Africa). The Executive Director for Synergy Trans* …

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Founding of Wings to Transcend Namibia (WTTN),  Namibia

Jholerina  B Timbo founded Wings to Transcend Namibia (WTTN) in October 2015. The organisation’s mission reads: “Wings To Transcend Namibia will be a champion and pioneer that works for social reform, legal gender recognition, and medical justice, through leadership development and empowering of transgender individuals and communities while lobbying local government, civil society and policymakers …

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Trans Wellness Project Founded, South Africa

Protea Psychosocial Support Project for Transgender People (PPSTP) was officially registered in August 2015. It would change its name to the Trans Wellness Project (TWP) in 2016 during its first Strategic Planning session, which included board and community members. Formed by former Gender DynamiX (GDX) staff member, Whitney Quanita Booysen, TWP focuses on trans and …

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2015 – Trans* Research, Education, Advocacy & Training [TREAT] Founded, Zimbabwe

After the incident that Rikki Nathanson experienced in 2014 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe was arrested under charges such as criminal nuisance for using the “wrong” bathrooms – she realized a huge gap due to the general public’s ignorance and miseducation about gender, transgender and gender diverse people.  Founded by Rikki Nathanson, The Trans* Research, Education, advocacy …

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High Court Orders Removal of Gender Marks and Name Change in Academic Certificates, Kenya

Kenya’s High Court issued a ruling compelling the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) to issue Audrey Mbugua with a new certification with her new name and without a gender mark after she filed a case in March 2013 through the Transgender and Education Advocacy (TEA).   The Court observed that “Human dignity is that intangible element …

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Landmark Victory in High Court for Transgender Education & Advocacy (TEA), Kenya

In a historic court battle initiated in 2013, Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA) won a landmark case in Kenya’s High Court on 23 July 2014. After being denied the right to register as an NGO, the organisation sued the Kenyan NGO Coordination Board for discrimination and violation of their fundamental human rights. In his ruling, …

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Sex in Transition Launched, South Africa

The publication, Sex in Transition: Remaking of Gender and Race in South Africa, by Professor Amanda Lock Swarr takes the reader through the Apartheid times of South Africa, and how the lives of those who lived across or in between the gender binary system were impacted. It also explores how people from different races in …

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Sumaya Dalmar, the first known Trans Woman in Somalia

June 2014 – Somalian-born Canadian photographer, Abdi Osman, held an exhibition named ‘Labeeb’ at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.  The project features large photographs and a short double-projection video of Sumaya Dalmar, a trans woman originally from Somalia. The double projection, which shows two videos playing simultaneously, underscores the artist’s attempt to engage with …

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2nd Trans Health, Research and Advocacy Conference, South Africa

Trans and Intersex Africa (TIA), Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender and Intersex Women of Africa (S.H.E), and Gender DynamiX (GDX) hosted the 2nd Trans Health, Research and Advocacy Conference in Cape Town, South Africa between 31 May and 2 June 2014. This was the largest conference in the series to date and …

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Trans Activist from Uganda Granted Asylum in the U.S

Nikilas (Nikki) Mawanda, a trans man and activist from Uganda and founder of an NGO in the country*,  was granted LGBTIQ+ asylum status in the U.S. on 20 March 2014. It was months after fleeing his home in Uganda due to the state-sanctioned violence of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which was passed by the Ugandan parliament …

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